VCU Symphony

The VCU Symphony is the premiere orchestral ensemble at VCU. The Symphony performs a wide variety of repertoire, with a focus on full-scale orchestral works such as Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Brahms 1 and Dvořák’s “New World Symphony”, and regularly programs pieces by living composers. The orchestra offers three concerts each semester and collaborates with VCU Opera each spring on their fully staged opera production.

Performance highlights include presentations at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference and the Virginia Music Teacher’s Association conference; a recent collaborative performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Something Wonderful” with the Theater Department; providing orchestral accompaniment for VCU Opera’s award-winning full-staged productions of “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Old Maid and the Thief,” “The Gondoliers,” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”

The Symphony rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30 – 2:50 p.m.

For more information, contact the director: Daniel Myssyk.


Auditions for the VCU Symphony or other string ensembles are open to all students, including music majors, music minors and non-majors, and take place during the first week of class each semester. Auditioning string students should sign up for a time using the posted sign-up link on this page. Winds, brass and percussion students wishing to audition for both the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the VCU Symphony may do so with one audition; they should contact Dr. Patrick Smith, psmith7@vcu.edu, coordinator of that area, for further instructions.



Rather than holding in-person auditions, we invite you to audition for orchestra and/or string chamber music, using virtual platforms. Your scales and excerpts will be submitted as a video recording. DEADLINE for scales and excerpts is Monday, August 17, 2020 at 4 p.m.

For information on auditioning for other non-major string classes, visit the Information for Non-Music Majors page.


Read through the following recording guidelines before submitting your audition materials.


  • Record using a device that captures video and audio
    • If able, use an external microphone for better sound quality
  • Ensure that your full body is in view and not blocked by a music stand
  • Files can be separate files or one combined file with all scales/excerpts. (Please record yourself early, listen back, and make sure you are satisfied with your playing.)
  • State your full name, the date, and the ensemble for which you are auditioning (orchestra, chamber music, or both)
  • Announce each excerpt before playing it
  • Record your audition in the following order:
    • Scales
    • Excerpts

Submitting video

  • Google Drive: Make sure that link sharing is enabled. The link sharing option should appear when you click “get shareable link.” Make sure you change settings to “Anyone on the internet with the link can view.”
  • YouTube links are also acceptable
  • To submit your Google Drive audition or YouTube link, use this form: https://forms.gle/txux9gATDHPZEB3V9


Excerpts + Scales

Excerpts are from Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48. Passages are marked on PDFs with brackets.


  • Excerpt: Download PDF
  • Scale: Ab major and A melodic minor – 3 octaves


  • Excerpt: Download PDF
  • Scale: Db major and D melodic minor – 3 octaves


  • Excerpt: Download PDF
  • Scale: Db major and D melodic minor – 3 octaves


  • Excerpt: Download PDF
  • Scale: E major and F melodic minor – 3 octaves preferred, but 2 is acceptable



Please email Prof. Daniel Myssyk at dmyssyk@vcu.edu with any questions.